8 Best New Years Eve Festivals Around The World

As we near another year gone by, it is time to reflect on what has passed and eagerly anticipate all the new experiences to come. It is also that time of the year where many wanderlusters leave behind familiar soil and venture into the unknown to explore, grow and bring in the New Year with like-minded travelers from all over the world. There are a unique variety of New Years Eve festivals that have long been known to attract those individuals curious and brave enough to immerse themselves in foreign cultural and authentic celebrations. Here is a list of 8 of the most eccentric, colorful and fun New Years Eve festivals that take place all over the world.

Full moon party, Koh Phangan, Thailand

An all night beach party held on the night of, before or after the full moon. The event attracts thousands of travelers every year because of its tropical location, music and fire dancers. 


photo cred: http://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_Moon_Party

Hogmanay Festival, Edinburg, Scotland

A three-day festival filled with extravagant events, fireworks, live bands and travelers from all over the world. Hogmanay really embraces its cultural roots with Shetland Vikings bearing fire lit torches and traditional Scottish music.


photo cred: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_in_Scotland

Silvester Open Air Party, Berlin, Germany

One of Europe’s largest street parties that is celebrated between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column in Berlin attracting millions of locals and foreigners. 


photo cred: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year’s_Eve

Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve event held at Queen Victoria Park attracts thousands of people and includes various musical talents and firework displays. 

niagra falls

photo cred: http://www.mpitraveler.com/2013/06/lighting-up-the-summer-sky/

The Falls Music & Arts Festival, Victoria, NSW & Tasmania, Australia

The Falls Music & Arts Festival is held annually in Lorne, Victoria, Marion Bay, Tasmania, and Yelgun, New South Wales on New Year’s Eve. The festival is best known for its contemporary music performances including comedy, theatre, dance, cabaret, circus and many other art forms. 


photo cred: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/58/Slipknot_-_Soundwave_Festival,_Melbourne_Australia,_2nd_March_2012_(1).jpg

The Fat Ox Fair, Bologna, Italy

The northern Italian city of Bologna celebrates New Years Eve with their annual Fat Ox Fair where an ox is decorated with flowers and ribbons while the crowd lights candles and fireworks are set off across the city. The main attraction of the night though is the setting up and burning of the ‘Vecchione,’ a large person made of straw, which is meant to represent the closing year. 


photo cred: http://joobili.com/the_fat_ox_fair__bologna_14733/

Calennig Midnight Celebrations, Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland attracts thousands of people every year with its range of entertainment on offer including music, fireworks and ice-skating. 


photo cred: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2211824

Anjuna beach party, Goa, India

Goa is known to attract an array of tourists annually with its beautiful beaches, live music, delicious food and infamous parties. Often named as the top place in the world to party on New Year’s Eve, the resorts all along the coast join together for one huge celebration. Photo courtesy of Flickr


photo cred: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goa

Nadja Poljo
Nadja Poljo

Hayo's editorial assistant and travel book columnist. Endlessly wandering and sharing thoughts, ideas and stories. Currently based in Vancouver but originally from Melbourne, Australia.

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